isamu noguchi museum launches online archive of 60,000 unique pieces the noguchi museum announces the digital launch of isamu noguchi archive featuring 60,000 archival photographs, manuscripts, and digitized drawings. it coincides with the artist’s 115th birthday, celebrating his oeuvre by expanding the museum’s web presence and making a trove of resources on the art and life of noguchi accessible to the public. isamu noguchi, ‘paphnutius’ (1924), photo © the isamu noguchi foundation and garden museum, new york / ARS the isamu noguchi archive contains the most comprehensive body of information on the life and work of isamu noguchi. it consists of an extensive photographic collection; manuscripts; correspondence; exhibition, publication, and project records; press clippings; and architectural drawings, as well as documentation of the many objects, artifacts, and tools noguchi collected during his travels. isamu noguchi, ‘akari uf3-q, uf4-33n, uf3-s, and 14a’, photo © the isamu noguchi foundation and garden museum, new york / ARS
How Integrating Physical Art Into Digital Creations Expands Creativity Students in Cathy Hunt’s art classes are constantly blurring the lines between physically created art and digital creations. In one project, students created fish out of clay using old pinch-potting techniques. But the project didn’t stop there. They then took photos of their creations and used digital tools to paint on the photos, adding color and design without fear that an unknown glaze would ruin their vision. Once they designed their fish, they developed a storyline featuring their creations for a stop motion animation created by the whole group. When the project was completed students had artfully blended the physical world with the digital one, using the best of both, and creating a finished product that can be put online and shared with the world.
Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others. From Hyperallergic: Download 502 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.
13 must Have Chrome Apps for Music Teachers March 24, 2015 Here is a list we have curated specifically for music teachers. This list features a collection of popular Chrome apps ideal for teaching and learning about music. From apps to help you improve your music sheet reading skills to apps to assist you in your guitar and piano playing, the apps in this selection are definitely a must have for music teachers. Have a look and, as always, share with your colleagues. 1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of viewing works of art. At a conference on the subject in 2001, Susan Hazan of the Israel Museum wondered whether there is “space for enchantment in a technological world?” She referred to Walter Benjamin’s ruminations on the “potentially liberating phenomenon” of technologically reproduced art, yet also noted that “what was forfeited in this process were the ‘aura’ and the authority of the object containing within it the values of cultural heritage and tradition.” Evaluating a number of online galleries of the time, Hazan found that “the speed with which we are able to access remote museums and pull them up side by side on the screen is alarmingly immediate.”
The British Museum Makes 1.9 Million Images Available for Public Use Egyptian wine jar (Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum.) The British Museum has just unveiled a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity for visitors while the museum is closed due to coronavirus safety regulations—they’ve expanded their online collection to include nearly 4.5 million objects. To add to the overwhelming number of accessible images in their digital collections, the public institution has now permitted nearly two million of these uploads to be downloaded for non-commercial use under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. While this application can initially seem a bit confusing to the untrained visitor, the museum has provided an instruction guide for perfecting your various searches.
Putting Art On the Map - A Google Maps and Earth Activity When I conduct workshops on Google Maps and Google Earth I always point out that the uses for those tools extend beyond the realm of geography and history. I was reminded of that point by reading a recent post on Maps Mania. That post featured maps of art galleries around the world.
John James Audubon's Birds of America John James Audubon's Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds (Havell edition), all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. Nearly 200 years later, the Audubon prints are coming to life once again, thanks to our vibrant digital library. Roam around below and enjoy one of the most treasured pieces of Audubon's grand and wild legacy.